To Infinity ... and beyond ... 'Fusing Research with Standardization for Knowledge and Business'

Sophia Antipolis, 23rd November, 2007  

ETSI and ERCIM, the standardization and research bodies, are pleased to announce the first of a number of envisaged joint events, including futuristic workshops, seminars and meetings which aim to strengthen the links between standardization and research and have the support of the European Commission.

In allusion to the enduring nature of research, this collaboration has been assigned the title: The infinity Initiative.

The inaugural event will be a joint Seminar held at ETSI Head Quarters, Sophia-Antipolis, France on 29 November 2007.

Formal collaboration between research and standardization experts and bodies is an exciting development and ETSI and ERCIM will cement their relationship at the close of the Seminar with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) subject to its anticipated approval at the ETSI General Assembly, Nice, 27 - 28 November 2007.

Under the Seminar's global banner of 'Future and Emerging Technologies', Ambient Computing is the underlying theme of the technical approach and participants will demonstrate how science and standards, supported by the European Commission, can benefit society and business.

ETSI Director-General, Dr. Walter Weigel said:

'The need for closer links between academia and research is an increasingly important assistive factor in innovation. Our first joint event promises to be a most fruitful one in this respect and we are very much looking forward to our future collaboration with ERCIM'.

ERCIM President, Keith Jeffrey said:

'Technology transfer is a major concern for research and we firmly believe in the importance of standards in this process. By working in more depth with the industrial members of ETSI, our researchers will see a greater and quicker impact of their work on business and society'.

Further details of the Seminar and a full programme are available on the ETSI web site at:

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About ETSI:
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Commission as a European Standards Organization. The high quality of ETSI's work and open approach to standardization has helped it evolve into a European roots - global branches operation with a solid reputation for technical excellence. ETSI is a not-for-profit organization whose 700 ETSI member organizations benefit from direct participation and are drawn from 60 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit:

About ERCIM:
The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, or ERCIM, is an organization that aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and applied mathematics, and increase co-operation with European industry.
As a European Economic Interest Grouping, ERCIM links the resources of its members to create a force of over 12,000 researchers who can work together in groups on different areas of research. Leading research institutes from eighteen European countries are members of ERCIM.
The World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, is hosted in Europe by ERCIM.

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Contact for further information at ERCIM:

Catherine Marchand
Communications Manager
ERCIM, 2004 Route des Lucioles
Telephone  +33 (0)6 12 21 23 30 
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